Sunday, March 31, 2013

Recommended Shows in San Diego April 1-7, 2013

The first week of April begins what just might be one of the best months of musical happenings here in San Diego. Maybe Coachella is responsible for the quantity of great local shows, but most bands are in touring mode as the festival season approaches. A closer look at the upcoming week reveals those events worth attending.

On Monday King Dude (T.J. Cowgill) brings his folksy music to the Casbah...Lindsy Stirling plays to a sold out crowd downtown at the House of Blues...The Weeks bring their raucous show to The Griffin...

The Last Bison headline The Loft on Tuesday with their high energy folk rock...

On Wednesday Phosphorescent (Matthew Houck) hits town at the Casbah on the heels of his latest release, Muchacho...Strand of Oaks opens making this the show of the week...highly recommended...

Brooklyn band Widowspeak play their infectious brand of dream pop this Thursday at The Void...

Friday kicks off with the return of Kopecky Family Band at Soda Bar...arrive early to catch opener The Eastern Sea...

British indie rockers Esben and The Witch will be playing music of a darker nature at Soda Bar on Saturday...their live performance is sure to turn a few heads...TV Girl and Vacationer rock the Casbah...

Sunday offers Thao & the Get Down Stay Down returning to the Casbah...Jaymay (Jamie Seerman) makes a rare San Diego appearance at Soda Bar... Canadian Mac DeMarco returns for a show at The Void...

Choose wisely, but be sure to enhance your well being by watching live music in San Diego.

Watch a video of Locusts from Widowspeak below.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Django Django w/ Night Moves @ The Fonda Theater- 03.23.13

Django Django

It is truly a shame that UK alt/electro/indie rockers Django Django have yet to play in San Diego- chalk it up to a perceived lack of support, booking conflicts or a distaste for fish tacos. As was the case, a drive north to Hollywood & Vine was in the works last Saturday night to catch what turned into an absolute rocker of a show. More words and photos after the jump.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Watch: Phosphorescent Performing Live for Pitchfork

In anticipation of the weekend and a great show next week, watch the live performance, courtesy of,  from Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent...I do believe all the songs (excluding the last) are from Muchacho and will be part of the setlist (listed below)...simply copy and paste the address below into your browser and enjoy...

Terror in the Canyons
The Quotidian Beasts
Song for Zula
A New Anhedonia
Down to Go
Los Angeles

See you at the can be purchased here.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Things To Do In San Diego: March 28-April 1, 2013

Hooray! Today is a good day. Final doctor checkup and I'm all put back together. I am so grateful that Planned Parenthood exists because they deal with far more health concerns than just pregnancies and STI's, despite what the asshole Republicans will have you believe, and their sliding scale means people like me, with no insurance, are taken care of on a sliding scale though I guess the Repubs It's gorgeous outside and I worked until 5am so I could enjoy the day, starting off with some archery and a picnic at Balboa Park and now I'm off for a bike ride. See you tonight at the SoundDiego party at El Dorado. Archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Day In The Life of North Park

My bestie Kristian and his company, MySMN, put together another video for North Park Main Street highlighting the neighborhood of North Park. It's super cute and definitely a reminder of why we live here (or near here). They used Jesse LaMonaca's "Other Side of the World" for the soundtrack, too. Check it out:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Show Preview: Caveman @ Casbah Friday March 29, 2013

Brooklyn five piece indie rockers Caveman continue their stateside trek here in San Diego this Friday. This is four days before Fat Possum releases the bands eponymous sophomore record. The label has teased us with advancing a couple of tracks on the forthcoming album. If this is a pretense of the entire work, then all signs are pointing upward as the band continues to expand its sound. At the center is lead singer Matthew Iwanusa , whose voice is so readily likable one cannot help but become somewhat transfixed on the overall effort. I was in the crowd the last time Caveman played the iconic Middletown venue, but this show promises to be even better while showcasing the band's growth. Do yourself a favor and kick off the weekend with an intimate show featuring a true up and coming band at the Casbah. Tickets can be purchased here.

Pure Bathing Culture and Boy King set the stage.

Listen to Over My Head and In The City (via SoundCloud) from the yet to be released Caveman below.

Monday, March 25, 2013

91X Announces X-Fest 2013

This morning 91X announced their lineup for X-Fest taking place on May 17, 2013 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista. In case you missed it:

30 Seconds To Mars
The Offspring
Jimmy Eat World
Silversun Pickups
The Dirty Heads
Fitz and the Tantrums
Atlas Genius
Capital Cities
New Politics

Presale runs now through Thursday, with general public tickets on dale Friday.

See for more details.

Things To Do In San Diego: March 25-27, 2013

Someone woke up with a case of the Mondays today. I meant to post these yesterday and forgot and looking at my inbox, it seems there are a lot of things I forgot, so today I'm a wound up ball of stress trying to focus and handle one thing at a time until that list dwindles. It's really nice outside, too, which make it all the more tempting to just close up the laptop and play, but I need to earn my keep. Anyway, Monday through Wednesday archives after the jump.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Recommended Shows in San Diego March 25-31, 2013

Jeff Mangum by Will Deitz
The last week of March offers many quality shows in San Diego. A closer look reveals some worth attending.

On Monday Erika Wennerstrom brings blues indie rockers Heartless Bastards to the Casbah.

Spreckels Theatre is the place to be on Tuesday when Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) plays solo in front of his adoring fans.

Two Portland bands, And And And plus The We Shared Milk take over the intimate Tin Can on Wednesday.

This Thursday Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds swoop into The Griffin with their brand of soul rock.

Caveman headline the Casbah on Friday playing songs from their eponymous new record. Pure Bathing Culture opens for what promises to be a great show.

The Airborne Toxic Event begin a two night run at the House of Blues on Saturday. A few tickets remain for Sunday's show. Foxygen returns for a sold out show at Soda Bar on Saturday. Post punk rockers Iceage (Denmark) make their San Diego debut on Sunday at the Casbah.

A great week of music lies ahead for those willing to support the artists playing in America's finest city.

Watch a video of Timeless by The Airborne Toxic Event below.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Things To Do In San Diego: March 22-24, 2013

It's Friday night and I am so ready for the weekend. It was a beautiful day today and spring is in the air and my little feral bunny came back after not visiting for a few days so things are looking up. I almost made plans to run off to Vegas with my family next week, but I think there's so much fun to be had here that I think I'll just give myself a little spring break. For anyone playing along with 91X's "ticket thief" promotion, I am NOT the ticket thief. Listings for the weekend are after the jump.

Friday, March 22, 2013:
  • The Donkeys, Low Volts, John Meeks Band @ Soda Bar
  • Bob Schneider, The Palace Ballroom @ Belly Up (9:00)
  • Janis Ian @ AMSD
  • Get Back Loretta, Barbarian, Jackson Price, 9 Theory @ The Casbah
  • Casbah Presents: Drop Dead Dames Burlesque Show and Kadavar @ The Void
  • 91X presents Pennywise with Anti-Flag and Death by Stereo @ House of Blues
  • Los Lonely Boys @ Casino Pauma
  • Mod Sun, Cisco Adler, Tayyib Ali, Pat Brown, Super Groupie, Falkon Klan @ Epicentre
  • Split FInger & Subliminal Trip @ 710 Beach Club
  • Chica Diabla, The Touchies, Hocus, SXO @ The Tower Bar
  • Tactical Fever, Ana, Dead Animal Mod @ The Tin Can
  • Bonkers! EDM Dance Party @ Bar Pink
  • Atomic Groove Spring Fling Happy Hour @ Belly Up (5:30)
  • Sinner's Sermon Unplugged, Freakstar @ Brick By Brick
  • Nectar w/ DJ Eye @ Fluxx
  • Buzzbombs, DJ Sammi B @ Gallagher's
  • Sister Speak (5:00) @ Humphrey's Backstage
  • Detroit Underground (9:00) @ Humphrey's Backstage
  • Chris Trapper @ Lestat's
  • Enter Shikari, The Architects, Heartist, Crossfaith @ Soma
  • Polynesian Underground Presents: Beyond I Sight Band, Maka and the I Sight Band, Positive Co. @ The Griffin
  • Da' Mac @ Tio Leos
  • Oscar D'leon @ Blue Agave Nightclub
  • Rising Star @ Dreamcatcher
  • Caliber @ V Lounge
  • Sex Panther @ Voyeur
  • Band Showcase Staff Picks @ Whistlestop
  • The Red Not Chili Peppers, Wicked Garden @ Winstons
Saturday. March 23, 2013:
  • Big Bad Buffalo, Ella, Christy, The Bridge @ The Ché Café
  • Black Lips, Night Beats, Beach Party @ The Casbah
  • Lucky & Wild, Owl Paws, Rob Bondurant @ The Tin Can
  • High Noon, WithOut Papers & Tonsil Yeti @ 710 Beach Club
  • 94/9 Presents: Pennywise with Anti-Flag and Death by Stereo @ House of Blues
  • Stevie & The Hi-Stax with The Milkcrates DJs @ Bar Pink
  • San Diego Experimental Guitar Show feat. Scott Nielsen, Bart Stull, Clint Davis, Demetrius Antuna, Rafter, Wages @ Space 4 Art
  • Mjurder Construct, Pig Life, Bad Acid Trip @ The Void
  • The Atomic Punks with 619 @ Belly Up
  • The Weener Pigs @ Brick By Brick
  • Charles Chavez and AFROTRUKO @ Dizzy's
  • The Orange Pickers, The Gravities, Dark Matter, Reprieve @ Epicentre
  • Nectar w/ DJ Karma @ Fluxx
  • Deadly Birds, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's
  • CANCELED Asi Suena/Live Nation present: Lo + Cool Tour feat. Los Bunkers @ House of Blues
  • Nemesis @ Humphrey's Backstage (5:00)
  • popRx @ Humphrey's Backstage (9:00)
  • Billy Watson Madcap Harmonica Show @ Lestat's
  • The Mercedes Moore Band @ The Marble Room
  • Toothless George 10 Man Band Year Anniversary Show with The Screamin Yeehaws @ Ruby Room
  • SD Experimental Guitar Show @ Soda Bar
  • Mortify Your Enemies, Brave Coast, Capsize, Hotel Books, Immoral, Halftime @ Soma
  • Suite Brigitte Presents: The Amalgamated, Stevie and the HI Staxx, T Irie Dread @ The Griffin
  • Crash Diet, Crucified Barbara, Snakeskyn Whiskey, Slut Machine, Sister Steele @ The Shakedown
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leos
  • Robin & Linda Williams @ San Dieguito United Methodist Church
  • Caliber @ V Lounge
  • Sirens Crush @ Dreamcatcher
  • Gregor Salto @ Voyeur
  • DJs Dimitri and Rob, DJ Claire @ Whistlestop
  • Cubensis, Moonalice @ Winston's

Show Preview- Django Django @ The Fonda Theater- 03.23.13

Django Django

There is a ton of solid live music in San Diego this weekend, but if you aren't finding anything to your liking (or didn't get tix to the sold-out Black Lips show in time), there is what will be a killer show happening at The Fonda Theater (formerly the Music Box) just off of Hollywood and Vine.   UK four-piece Django Django most recently played Southern California almost exactly six months ago (also in LA- for some reason they have yet to play a SD venue) and blew the doors off of The Echo.  Their exceptional self titled debut album translates exceptionally well to a live setting where the band takes the opportunity to ramp it up several levels.  So if you feel like getting out of town for a night, head north- guaranteed good times.  Tickets available here (and maybe at the box office, but it will most likely sell out before then).  See you up there!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Video: Pinback on Fallon

Last night Pinback performed on Jimmy Fallon! (In case you didn't already see dozens of messages on Facebook about it...) Bonus video, too! As Adam Gimbel posted: "Holy allstar Fallon taping! Pinback with JP Inc, Rick Froberg (Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes), Devon Goldberg (Creedle/Morricone Youth) & Gabe Voiles (Powerdresser)."

Things To Do In San Diego: March 20-21, 2013

It has been a great week so far, and it is only getting better as we move along. I finally got out of my house over the weekend, got to check out Ivan & Alyosha on Monday, and spent my Tuesday babysitting Zane with a fun day at Balboa Park. There are some great shows coming up, so hopefully you get out and enjoy some sunshine then follow up by tickling your earholes with some live music. I have some posts bouncing around my brain, so hopefully I'll find some time to let the thoughts run through my fingertips for some rants and diaries and such.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Show Preview: Ducktails @ The Void Wednesday March 20, 2013

It is quite common for independent musicians to become involved in multiple projects. Such is the case with Matt Mondanile, guitarist for New Jersey based indie rock band Real Estate. Many fans of that group may be unaware that Matt is the creative tour de force behind Ducktails, a similar sounding project with a rotating cast of support musicians. Matt and company are touring the West Coast after a successful run at SXSW. Having recently released his latest full length, The Flower Lane, it has become readily apparent that Ducktails has evolved into more than simply a 'side' project. The songs have a wonderful flow, though sometimes drift from the plotted course. The album is his best work to date, and warrants seeing Ducktails perform in the live setting. San Diegans will get their opportunity to witness Matt and his cohorts at the newly named The Void (Eleven) on Wednesday (3/20).

Mark McGuire sets the stage.

Watch a video of Letter of Intent below.

BRMC // TRANSFER Tour so far...

LA to London to Liverpool to Dublin to Belfast, where we started our tour in support of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and things seem to be moving right along.  It's been a long journey to get here but it feels as though we've hit a good stride.
Irish crowds were warm to us despite it being our inaugural voyage there.  After the two shows, (Belfast, Dublin) we headed back to England and found out that our show in Istres, France had been cancelled due to weather.  Also learned that our friends that had been on tour in the area of the storm on had been stuck on the side of the road in the snow for 11hrs before it finally let it appeared as though we had dodged a bullet.  It also afforded us a few days to situate in London and catch up with some old friends.
We headed out to catch the Euro Tunnel at 3:30am to get to Paris for the two sold out nights at Le Trianon.  Amazing venue and awesome crowds.  Check the live version of White Horse below:

It's been an incredible ride so far, and the BRMC camp through-and-through is absolutely top notch.  Their new material is fantastic and the performances are beyond awesome.
It's a real treat for us to tour with one of our favorite bands and I gotta say, if you have the opportunity to see them on this tour, take it.  You won't be disappointed.  
We'll be anouncing a handful of UK dates soon, so keep an eye out for updates.
And if you missed it:  Get the FREE download of our new single "Still Bad Blood" and watch the Official Lyric Video HERE
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Show Preview: Ivan and Alyosha at the Soda Bar Monday Night

The band Ivan and Alyosha initially piqued my interest due to their Literature-major-baiting band name, which is a reference to two of the four brothers in Dostoyevsky's Brother Karamazov.  And please think of me when you answer that Jeopardy question and sound smart in front of your friends.  Well my curiosity brought me to the Soda Bar a while ago and I was immediately charmed by their pop-hooks embedded in some solid folk rock.  So I came back for more the next time they were in town and wasn't disappointed again.  And now tomorrow night they will be bringing a new album's worth of songs to make your and yours swoon in delight.  All the Times We Had has been on constant rotation for me in anticipation of the show, so make sure you come to the Soda Bar Monday night.  Tickets are available here and Lemolo and Soda Pants are opening.  Check out the a live performance of their new single "Running for Cover" below.

Recommended Shows in San Diego March 18-24, 2013

Now that the insanity known as SXSW is officially over, thousands of bands disperse from Austin, TX to various locations around the globe. The upside is a number of those bands will be visiting San Diego. Let's take a closer look at the upcoming week for some quality live music events.

Imagine Dragons headline a sold out show downtown at the House of Blues on Monday...Atlas Genius and Nico Vega round out the bill...if you don't have a ticket, head over to Soda Bar for Ivan and Alyosha, a terrific indie pop/rock band from Seattle...highly recommended...

Tuesday finds Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable with their arena rock at the Belly Up (updated: sold out)...Matt Costa will be playing songs from his new eponymous album at the Casbah...

On Wednesday Matt Mondanile (Real Estate) brings his side project Ducktails to The Void...

There are many options for Thursday...Christopher Owens (Girls) is solo now, playing at The Irenic...The Deer Tracks, a Swedish duo, play Quality Social downtown...Doldrums headline an eclectic bill at Soda Bar...

Start the weekend (Friday) with a locals only show at Soda Bar featuring favorite The Donkeys...Low Volts and John Meeks Band make this the show of the night...

The Black Lips begin a two night run Saturday at the Casbah...

Natural Child finishes the weekend at Soda Bar on Sunday...gritty rock from Nashville...

March continues to be an outstanding month for live music in San Diego...enrich yourself by going to a show...or two...

Watch a video of Ivan and Alyosha's Running For Cover below.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Things To Do In San Diego: March 16-19, 2013

I'm going slightly out of my mind this week. Health always comes first, but when you think something is no big deal and then it kinda is, it's a knock down for sure, especially when you otherwise feel okay. I've been stuck at home for a couple days and Darren has been incredible, going above and beyond what anyone has ever done for me. I should be back to normal soon but until then, I love and appreciate Jeff and Nate and Elliott and Transfer and all the other blog contributors who are keeping all of us abreast of things going on in the scene. You might also be interested to know that Anthology's auction was postponed and my friend Pete informed me that Flying Elephant has been sold and will no longer host live music, so I'll keep you posted if I hear anything else. Be safe out there tonight at tomorrow...there will be DUI checkpoints all over. Darren is out driving his taxi late tonight, too, so if we're friends enough that you have my number, feel free to text me and I can pass along his number. Saturday through Tuesday listings are after the jump.

Show Preview: Richard Buckner @ Soda Bar Sunday March 17, 2013

Alt-country troubadour Richard Buckner will be making a rare appearance in San Diego on Sunday,  capping off a beautiful St. Patrick's Day. Currently residing in Brooklyn, Richard is currently completing his West Coast tour playing songs from his most recent album, Our Blood (Merge records). Five years had passed since his last release. A soundtrack was written but never came to fruition. Though nothing jumps out when listening, it is the mood that is cast by the well traveled singer. Each of his albums  is a little different, but his voice remains constant. This is what draws the listener to his work, and his cult-like fans know there is a passion that Richard shares with those familiar with his songs. The next chapter will be the yet to be released Surrounded. Hopefully those of us in attendance will get to hear a preview of some songs from this upcoming album. The show tomorrow will lean to the acoustic side, while the headliner will probably be seated during the performance. This is a Casbah Presents show and is 21+.

The Midnight Pine set the stage.

To get you in the mood, watch a video of Traitor (Sleepover Shows) below.

Frightened Rabbit w/ The Twilight Sad @ Belly Up- 03.12.13

Frightened Rabbit

 This past Tuesday was Scots night at the Belly Up as a pared-down The Twilight Sad and indie rockers Frightened Rabbit mad a trip across the pond for yet another US tour.  More words and pix after the jump.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Saturday: March For Transit!

There is constant momentum in this city and county to get things a-changing when it comes to complete streets, making the city more bicycle and pedestrian friendly, and fixing our transit system. With a mayor focused on neighborhoods and making San Diego more bicycle friendly , a council that just approved a resolution to prioritize bicycle  infrastructure,  and SANDAG working on new bicycle corridors, everyone should tune up your old two-wheeler and take it out for a spin. I'm currently immobilized and confined to my bed for a few days, but I'm going to do everything I can to make it to this event. Maybe Darren can push me in a shopping cart or wheelchair. If I can't make it, however, I'll be there in spirit. BikeSD has the whole press release for the event here or check out the  Facebook event here from Vibrant Sound Diego. You can skip the St. Patrick's Day parade and just hit the festival instead. This is the future of San Diego we're talking about!!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Things To Do In San Diego: March 13-15, 2013

I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to tonight's #24HourDate with Darren. I haven't been feeling really great lately, as I mentioned when I decided to skip out on SXSW, and once again learned that when your body speaks to you, you should always listen. I feel a million times better with a simple antibiotic and can hopefully get back to all the backyard ping-pong playing, arrow shooting, tennis playing, and bicycle riding that this weather warrants without getting tired after the most benign activity. We don't have anything major planned, but we will be at the College Area Community Council Meeting to Discuss Montezuma Road at 7, will probably seek some sushi or other yummy dinner, and maybe head to Soda Bar or the Casbah to catch a show. I hope your Wednesday is as good as I expect mine will be. Wednesday through Friday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

TRANSFER tour Europe with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

To commemorate this tour with one of our favorite bands we are offering a download of a brand new song from our upcoming album for FREE from our website.
click the banner below to get it!

We also put together this lyric video...
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keep up with us on the road:
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Show Preview: Frightened Rabbit at the Belly Up Tavern tonight!

Frightened Rabbit Photo by Tim Richmond.

I'm honestly surprised this show is not sold out yet.  Frightened Rabbit deserved accolades for their spectacular album Winter of Mixed Drinks and now they have followed that album up with (in my opinion) flawless Pedestrian Verse.  Continuing the tradition of sad Scottish bands, Frightened Rabbit pumps up the rhythm to have you boogying to their songs of depression and doubt.  The Twilight Sad opens the show and tickets can still be purchased here. You can check out their newest single, "Backyard Skulls" below.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Show Preview: The Hush Sound play Anti-Monday League for the Casbah

It has been a long time since the Hush Sound has been on my radar but I am glad that they're bringing their jangly tunes back to San Diego.  I first encountered the four piece band sometime in 2005 when they were opening for Fall Out Boy, All American Rejects, Hawthorne Heights, and From First to Last.  But do not hold that against them!  The split vocals of Bob Morris and Greta Salpeter and bubbly rhythms brought from the piano and guitars always stood out as simultaneously honoring the past while looking forward to trends that are only recently popular.  If you're a fan of the Head and the Heart and the Silent Comedy, then the Hush Sound is worth a listen.  Tickets can be purchased here. For a taste of their sound check out the song below.

Upcoming Show Recommendations in San Diego March 11-17, 2013

While the music world turns its attention to the annual music conference in Austin, TX (SXSW), there are many fine music events here in sunny San Diego. A closer look reveals some worth mentioning.

On Monday, Vancouver indie rockers Bend Sinister play Soda Bar...The Hush Sound (Chicago) headline Casbah for what promises to be a great show...

Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad are sure to be on their game at the Belly Up this Tuesday...each band has new albums making this the show of the week...highly recommended...

The Ruby Suns are in town Wednesday for a show at the Casbah to promote their latest effort Christopher...

Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Harmer play a "quiet" early show at the Casbah on Friday...Twin Cabins lends support to TNT at Museum of Contemporary Art downtown...

Saturday finds Dengue Fever playing their signature Cambodian rock at the Casbah...Dead Feather Moon headline a great local bill at Soda Bar...

Richard Buckner makes a rare San Diego appearance Sunday at Soda Bar...

Plenty of shows packed into a busy week...warmer weather is forecast, so get out and celebrate spring by watching live music here in San Diego...

Watch a video of Kingfisher Call Me (The Ruby Suns) below...

Things To Do In San Diego: March 10-12, 2013

So it looks like SXSW is just not in the cards for me after all. I didn't really plan well enough, couldn't lock in accommodations or budget the cash to travel for a whole week, but remember when I scorched my face off a couple months ago? Well, there's some residual issues with my eyes that make it a little uncomfortable and I don't think 16 hour days of shows is the best idea, so hopefully I can get it checked out so my eyes don't look like I'm always crying or that someone punched me in the face. (I'll be paying back those few donations that did come in).  It's not a big deal, but the cool thing is that Jordan and Jeff prepared like I was going away so I've got two weeks of listings ready to peruse as you wish. The good news is that while everyone else is tweeting and Facebooking about SXSW, we still have plenty to keep us entertained here in San Diego, starting with an early Joshua James show tonight at Soda Bar. As you know, he's one of my favorites so I'm super excited to see him again. Sunday through Tuesday archives are after the jump.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Things To Do In San Diego: March 8-9, 2013

It's raining outside and I was happily hanging at home with Darren until I just got some bad news. SoundDiego submitted late to SXSW so we didn't get badges or even wristbands. That might be a little frustrating, but I'm gonna make the most of it and still plan on heading to Texas on Monday. Thanks to the two of you who donated to my trip already. Friday-Saturday archives are after the jump.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Thursday: Hey Marseilles! Canceled at Soda Bar

Just a quick note that tonight's Soda Bar show has been canceled. The headliners, Hey Marseilles! have an ailment and their tourmates, Deep Sea Diver decided to stick with Hey Marseilles in LA. Refunds will be issued through the Casbah's ticketing site, Frontgate.

Here's the statement from Hey Marseilles:

San Diego. We are very sorry but we have to cancel tonight's performance at Soda Bar due to an ailment in the band. As you may have heard Matt lost his voice in Los Angeles last night and it has not returned. We hope to be back very soon and make this up to you.

Show Preview: Frightened Rabbit @ Belly Up Tavern Tuesday March 12, 2013

Having just watched a live in studio performance on from our favorite Scottish lads, Frightened Rabbit, I felt compelled to urge those who are unfamiliar with the band to find out what you have been missing. Having just released their fourth studio album, Pedestrian Verse, it is readily apparent the band has renewed itself once again. Scott Hutchinson (lead singer) revealed a different process was used for this album. All the band members shared in the writing and the result is their most complete album to date. A sixth member will be seen during the upcoming tour, which finds its way to Solana Beach next Tuesday, en route to the annual music conference in Austin (SXSW).

Frightened Rabbit delivers passionate, uplifting performances each night. I have lost count of the number of times they have played here, suffice to say I never tire of seeing them perform. Expect to hear many songs from the new album plus some favorites from the past. Hopefully this tour will enable them to grow their audience, for I cannot think of a harder working band more deserving.

Be sure to catch Frightened Rabbit at the Belly Up next Tuesday March 12. Fellow country mates The Twilight Sad set the stage. This is a Casbah Presents 21+ show.Tickets can be purchased here.

Watch a video of The Woodpile below.

Things To Do In San Diego: March 7, 2013

I told you yesterday that I had some news I wanted to share with you. At the beginning of the week I had pretty much given into the idea that I wasn't going to make it to SXSW this year. But as the night moved on (and as far too many drinks went down the hatch), I pretty much changed my mind as a bunch of things sort of aligned. So here's the deal: I found a ride to Texas with my friend and Casbah coworker Graham and his roommate. I'll be leaving on Monday and returning the following Monday. Fear not, your listings will still be here and I'll be updating often from the road, but what it also means is that it's that time of the year where I solicit my faithful readers for donations to make the trip feasible. With insane gas prices, I'm gonna make a serious dent in funds, and I'm going to have to find lodging for a couple nights outside of the hotel I'm sharing with my SoundDiego editor. The past two years I was overwhelmed by your generosity and literally every dollar will help, so if you find this site useful, please consider a small donation. This is perfect for those people who always offer to buy me a drink. A sprinkling of $1 and $5 and $10 donations are just as appreciated as those big donations I've received in the past. Also, if you're heading to Texas and know of a place to crash on Tuesday and Wednesday, please let me know. Thanks for all your love and support and helping to keep this crazy dream alive. Thursday archives are after the jump. xoxo

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Safe Biking For San Diego

It's no secret that I haven't operated a motor vehicle for about 4 years now. Even before my car kicked the bucket, I rode my old $25 Craig's List bike a lot and used it in my commute when I was working downtown. Unfortunately, there was a gap of a few years that I didn't have a reliable bike, but I attended my share of CCDC meetings to advocate for safe bicycle riding downtown. The CCDC no longer exists, but it is pretty amazing to enter a new era of city politics where the Mayor and the City Council all support safe riding. With SANDAG's cooperation, because of the TransNet tax that we all pay for complete road infrastructure improvements, it looks like things are really happening. You can see the evidence by increased signage, sharrows, bike lane improvements and connections made along the San Diego River among many other projects.

The inclusion of safety for pedestrians, public transit, and bicycling along with cars is the distinction of a "complete road" and it is really exciting that EVERYONE can have a say in the process. Yesterday the City Council passed a resolution to prioritize bicycle infrastructure. While they didn't dedicate any funds to that end, that the subject is on people's minds is a great benefit to everyone across the city. So maybe I'm a johnny-come-lately to some of the politics and activism, but I thought I'd share some links, video, and let you know that TODAY (Wednesday, March 6, 2013) there is an open SANDAG meeting at Sunset Temple, behind Claire De Lune, to discuss actual routes for what they're calling the North Park-Mid-City Regional Bike Corridors Project.
Community Advisory Group: A community advisory group has been formed to provide in-depth input on the design and serve as the community liaison from kick-off to completion of The planning phase. The group will meet four times at key project milestones. Meetings are open to the public – all are welcome to attend. Here's the AGENDA
The second Community Advisory Group will be held:
March 6, 2013
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Sunset Temple
3911 Kansas Street
San Diego, CA 92104

San Diego Bicycle Master Plan (City of San Diego)

San Diego Regional Bike Plan (SANDAG)

Keep San Diego Moving

Bike San Diego

San Diego County Bicycle Coalition

North Park - Mid-City Regional Bike Corridors Project

Transit 5010

Here's the City Council Item from yesterday (that passed unanimously save for two absent votes):
ITEM-331: Resolution Prioritizing Bicycle Infrastructure Improvements in the City of San Diego to Enhance Public Safety. (Citywide.)
To consider and adopt resolution prioritizing bicycle infrastructure improvements to enhance public safety in the City of San Diego
Adopt the following resolution:(R-2013-456)
Declaring that the City of San Diego supports prioritizing citywide bicycle infrastructure improvements which enhance rider safety, provide transportation options, and benefit the greater public as our region steps forward and progresses.
Video after the jump. 

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Things To Do In San Diego: March 5-7, 2013

I don't think college basketball should be allowed to own March Madness, because if you're a music lover you know this month is equally insane for music. I'll talk about all of that later, but since I realized I hadn't updated listings in a few days, I thought I would just repost so you don't have to dig to find them. Lots of exciting things coming up! Wednesday and Thursday listings are after the jump.

Tuesday March 5, 2013:
  • Gold Fields, A Silent Film, Royal Teeth @ Casbah
  • North Beach, Trouble in the Wind, Mrs. Henry @ Belly Up
  • Hotel Mexico, Bruin, We Are Sirens @ Soda Bar
  • Mothlight, Religious Girls, Dudes @ Tin Can
  • Adrian Demain's Exoticatronica @ Bar Pink
  • Small City Calling @ The Griffin
  • Brainstorm, tba @ The Void
  • Vampirates, The Station, The Monster & Trashkannon @ The Shakedown Bar
  • Two Step tuesdays LGBT Neo Soul Night @ Kava Lounge
  • ArtPower Presents: Julian Lage Group @ The Loft
  • Aubrey Fay @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Mike Wofford/Holly Hofmann Quartet @ Croce's
  • Irishsploitaion Movie Marathon @ Ruby Room
  • Kim Gordon Comedy Night @ Til-Two Club
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Tomcat Courtney @ La Gran Tapa
  • The Void @ The Office
  • Doug Allen @ The Kraken
  • Sweet Dreams @ Tiki House
  • Karaoke @ Kensington Club

Monday, March 04, 2013

"Localchella" Shows Coming to San Diego in April

While the folks at Goldenvoice celebrate the second consecutive year of both Coachella weekends having sold out in the desert, there is plenty to get excited about here in San Diego. Playing back to back weekends has afforded those bands playing Coachella to book shows during their time off in between (weekends). Since most of the shows booked here will likely sell out, I thought a brief rundown would help those who are undecided purchase tickets while they are still available.

In order (by date) here are the shows...all shows are all ages unless otherwise noted...

April 11...Ben Howard @ Belly Up (21+) can be purchased here...

April 12...Kurt Vile @ the Casbah (21+) can be purchased here...

April 15...Foals @ Porter's can be purchased here...

April 15...Wild Nothing, Little Green Cars @ Casbah (21+) can be purchased here...

April 16...Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds @ Balboa can be purchased here...

April 16...Youth Lagoon @ The can be purchased here...

April 16...Alt-J @ Belly Up (21+)...sold out...

April 17...Aesop Rock @ Belly Up (21+) can be purchased here...

April 17...Tegan and Sara with Stars @ Humphrey's Concerts by the can be purchased here...

April 17...The Faint @ Fluxx (21+) can be purchased here...

April 18...Polica @ the Casbah (21+) can be purchased here...

April 19...Cloud Nothings @ the Casbah (21+,,,tickets can be purchased here...

April 22...Gaslight Anthem @ Belly Up (21+)...sold out...

April will be an epic month, to say the least...see you at the show(s)!

Mike’s Weekly Pick: Stone Foxes @ The Casbah Wednesday March 6, 2012

Six words to describe why you should be at the Casbah on Wednesday night: swampy stompy funky rootsy bluesy rock

A short, but to the point directive. Too short? Fine, I’ll elaborate just a little. If there is one show to see this week it’s definitely The Stone Foxes. These cats from San Francisco put on a great live show, with lots of shout-a-longs, stomping and general bad-assery. Peep the video below for “Everybody Knows” from the recently released Small Fires for a little taste.

 It will be loud and raw. It will be swampy and stompy. There will most certainly be large quantities of beer and whiskey consumed. It will be a great night. Locals Family Wagon and The Paragraphs support.


 Still here? Cool. Then check out “Reno” one of my favorite tracks from 2010’s Bears & Bulls:  

Photos & Video: Casbahmania 2013

One of the best lineups so far this year happened at The Casbah a couple weeks ago with Transfer, The Nervous Wreckords, The Palace Ballroom, and Boy King. All immensely talented bands but also all keeping quite busy. Transfer headed out to support Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in Europe, TNW will be back with a new video  next month for "Let Them All Talk" and meanwhile, Brian & the Louis XIV boys reunited to support The Killers also in Europe. The Palace Ballroom has a half-dozen sweet gigs over the next two months and are set to release the new video for their album title track "This Is The Plan" in April. You can catch Boy King this weekend at Seven Grand.


Tim Fears Photography: Casbah 2-15-13 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Casbah 2-15-13 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Casbah 2-15-13 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Casbah 2-15-13 &emdash;

 The Nervous Wreckords

Tim Fears Photography: Casbah 2-15-13 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Casbah 2-15-13 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Casbah 2-15-13 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Casbah 2-15-13 &emdash;

The Palace Ballroom

Tim Fears Photography: Casbah 2-15-13 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Casbah 2-15-13 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Casbah 2-15-13 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Casbah 2-15-13 &emdash;

 Boy King

Tim Fears Photography: Casbah 2-15-13 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Casbah 2-15-13 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Casbah 2-15-13 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Casbah 2-15-13 &emdash;

To view all the photos, you can view them at Casbahmania 2013 at Tim Fears Photography. For lots of shows and other photos check out

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Recommended Shows in San Diego March 4-10, 2013

Hey Marseilles
The first full week of March brings many fine music events to San Diego. A closer look finds those worth making the extra effort to attend.

Monday Philly power poppers Free Energy headline Soda Bar with their sophomore release, Lovesign, in tow...London singer/songwriter Marcus Foster plays the intimate Casbah...

Aussie indie pop band Gold Fields will be bringing their tour to the Casbah on Tuesday with A Silent Film (UK) and Royal Teeth (Louisiana) opening...dancing shoes recommended...

The Stone Foxes headline The Casbah on Wednesday with their infectious brand of blues rock...

On Thursday March 7 Hey Marseilles returns to San Diego playing songs from their forthcoming album, Lines We Trace...Deep Sea Diver opens making this a must see show...

Friday is loaded with viable options, such as LA genre defying band Fol Chen previewing songs from their upcoming album at the Casbah...UK rockers The View take over the Soda Bar with Said The Whale recently added to the bill...

European female duo Boy play an intimate show at The Loft @ UCSD on Saturday...this band is generating a lot of buzz, and the music is the reason...highly recommended...

Sunday brings a great double header our way...start with an early show at Soda Bar featuring Joshua James and Noah Gundersen...finish with local goodness at the Casbah with The Silent Comedy and The Heavy Guilt...

Watch a video of Queen of the City (Joshua James) below.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Rosey's Diary: February 27-March 2, 2013

I've been writing online in one form or another since about 1997, and over the years I've battled with this theory that it is good to write personal stories, but to learn how to separate that from the private not-for-sharing stuff. I really have few filters, but when it comes to my relationships, it is challenging because while I want to share my joy, I have to be super-sensitive to the object of my affections not give them a life in public that they don't want. Thankfully Darren is a really good sport. Though my diaries and social check-ins often miss large gaps of time when you probably just assume I'm sleeping,  we are fortunate that we get to spend a lot of time together everyday. Still, because of work and family obligations between the two of us, there is only one night every two weeks where Darren and I get to have what I've referred to as our #24HourDate nights.

Wednesday was Darren's birthday and after my amazing birthday with him back in September after only dating a short while, I felt some pressure to make his epic, especially with (or in spite of) his reluctance to even acknowledge the occasion. So we just went with an upgraded #24HourDate. If you wanna hear about it, keep on reading after the jump.

Things To Do In San Diego: March 2-4, 2013

What a glorious weekend, huh? The church across the street from my house has a big digital marquee that said it was 83 degrees today as Darren and I rode bikes to the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest for the Call to Action Against Gun Violence. I'm now laying on my bed debating whether or not to go out tonight, but wanted to update quickly because I forgot about the warehouse show tonight at Cerberus Motorcycles (on the corner of Euclid and University near the Tower Bar), and I just got word from Mr. Mays that Starfucker tomorrow is officially sold out. There aren't a lot of tickets left for Surfer Blood either, so if you plan on going to the Casbah tomorrow, you should buy your tickets in advance. If you happen to be home tonight, my interview with Ra Ra Riot will air on SoundDiego Live after SNL (1am) on NBC 7/39. Saturday through Monday archives are after the jump.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Things To Do In San Diego: March 1, 2013

This weekend has sooo many good shows by night, but if you pay attention to the forecast, this is also going to be a summery weekend in San Diego, so bust out the bike or the tennis racquets or the golf clubs or the hiking shoes and enjoy all of the things this amazing city has to offer. Personally I'm hoping for some long meandering bike rides through the city topped off by some killer shows that will see me traversing the city from the Belly Up to Casbah to Soda Bar and more Casbah. Friday archives are after the jump.